swept the city but the effects of the strike were handled, in the main, by an
amateur police force organized by Harvard students. Calvin Coolidge, the governor
of Massachusetts, called out the militia to help the students keep law and order
as best they could.
police went on strike to protest at changes in the demands being placed upon them.
Society increasingly demanded a more professional police force and not a force
openly willing to flout the law in order to catch criminals.
police force was being brought into the civil service framework. Officers were
to receive training for the first time.
the event, it seems that public order didn't break down, as some newspapers at
the time reported. The damage was mainly to buildings.
Coolidge benefited from his actions and used it in his successful campaign to